Sunday, January 29, 2017
Mensahi Ginen i Gehilo' #20: Independence Daze
While in the current moment this can cause frustration, in the long term it can be useful. During FESTPAC last year, four panel discussions were held at the University of Guam, three focusing on each possible future political status for Guam, and the final featuring a representative of each at the same time. During the night focusing on independence as an option for Guam's future, the consulate for the Philippines on Guam made statements which gave some hope in terms of helping to overcome this unhelpful compartmentalization of conceptualizations of independence. He noted that on Guam, many Filipinos who had made the island their home seemed to be against Chamorro self-determination and their taking the lead in decolonization. He said that much of this could be explained due to their own lack of knowledge or understanding of their home country's fight for independence and decolonization. They were too Americanized and therefore cut off from the possibilities in the world. If they learned more about how their ancestors had fought for their own independence and have struggled since with problems from within and without, they would not feel compelled to deprive Chamorros of such a chance, but rather feel happy to support them and cheer them on as they take this step.
Olaha mohon na siña ta kombense siha put este. Mas ma'ok este na kinalamten anggen chinechinennek mo'na ni' otro na taotao lokkue', ti hita ha'.